The Ultimate Calgary Home + Design Show Checklist

Sep 22, 2016, 15:08 PM
The 2016 Calgary Home + Design Show has finally arrived! From renovation overhaul to brand-new build, DIY do-over to one-day décor dreams, the Calgary Home + Design Show is where big ideas, trusted advice, and fresh inspiration unite from now, Thursday, September 22 at 4:00PM, right until closing at 6:00PM on Sunday, September 25.

With so much to see and do, make sure you have a game plan before you hit the BMO Centre for the show. To help, we’ve created a must-see and do checklist of insider tips to help you make the most of your visit to the Calgary Home + Design Show. Read on!

Before you gather your paint samples, Pinterest boards and fabric swatches to bring to the Show, be sure you have your Calgary Home + Design Show tickets in hand. Save yourself money (and some time!) by buying your tickets online. You can get 2-for-1 when you connect with us on Facebook!

Now that you’re set, find your way to the BMO Centre at Stampede Park (#20 Roundup Way SE, Calgary, AB). If you’re bringing your car and planning to do some shopping, parking at Stampede Park is $15.00 per car, or you can park at any auxiliary lots surrounding Stampede Park. Check out the Calgary Stampede Visitor Parking Map for more details. If you need more info on directions and the best spots to park, check out

Now that you’ve arrived, it’s time to take in all that #CHDS16 has to offer. Don’t miss the talent and expert advice on the Trail Appliances Main Stage, presented by the Calgary Herald, furnished by Urban Barn. Get expert advice straight from the industry’s top home + design talent from must-see presenters including Mia Parres & Rob Evans, stars of HGTV's The Expandables, who will show you how to fall in love with your home again.

 And PSST! Get a chance to meet Mia & Rob after their presentations during their autograph sessions immediately following their Friday, September 23 at 7:00PM presentation and again on Saturday, September 24 at 2:00PM.

Stick around and catch advice from Todd Talbot, star of W Network’s Love It or List It Vancouver, DIY expert Leigh-Ann Allaire Perrault, plus a slew of Calgary’s very own top designers including a style panel moderated by Avenue magazine senior editor Ricky Zayshley. By the end of it all, you’re certain to have everything you need to live and entertain in equal style – design know-how included.

When: September 22-25, check out the full Main Stage Schedule available here
Where: Trail Appliances Main Stage - Archie Boyce Theatre

Looking to step up your kitchen game? Be sure to get a good seat front row centre at the Trail Appliances Cooking Stage, with appliances provided by Samsung and furnishings from Urban Barn. Enjoy live cooking demonstrations from local culinary legends and rising stars alike, including recent Western Living Magazine Foodie of the Year winner Chef Neil McCue of Whitehall at 11AM on Saturday, September 24, sharing tips on Michelin-Star Cooking at Home, and lifestyle expert Janette Ewen presenting Saturday, September 24 at 1PM & Sunday, September 25 at 2PM on helping visitors with Navigating Design Trends & Innovation.

When: September 22-25, check out the full Cooking Stage Schedule
Where: Trail Appliances Cooking Stage - Archie Boyce Theatre

Mia & Rob
Mia & Rob 

Don’t forget to bring your appetite! Roll over to Hall A and outside of Hall B at the BMO Centre and find your favourite YYC bites on wheels. Presented by YYC Food Trucks, the Food Truck Eatery brings you Calgary’s best grub to grab & go. Chow down on the best driving diners like Fiasco Gelato, The Dumpling Hero, Happy Fish Truck, and Taiko Taco. Your only challenge will be which one to try first!

When: September 22-25, 2016
Where: Located in Hall A and outside of Hall B

Taiko Taco
YYC Food Trucks - Taiko Taco 

Put a personal touch on your home with a handcrafted piece that you can make and take home right from the Home + Design Show. There are so many ways to create and flex your do-it-yourself skills, starting with the Workshop Series, curated by Calgary's favourite DIY blogger, Lacey Haskell of Feathering My Nest. From FAT Paint to embroidery, hand lettering to kokedama, create your very own unique handcrafted home decor alongside Calgary's best artisans.

Be sure to stop by Cory Christopher’s Terrarium Bar to breathe new life into your space. Part workshop, part boutique, and part creative studio, pop by for a consultation or take a terrarium planting workshop to flex your green thumb just in time for fall.

Feeling floral? With autumn’s chill in the air, bring a little natural warmth and beauty into the home with a bouquet of seasonal blooms from the Fall Flower Market Presented By Amborella Floral Studio. Grab a sweetly scented and freshly cut bouquet styled by the Amborella experts, OR learn to make one of your very own! Sign up for a do-it-yourself floral arranging workshop and go from fall chill to flower power in no time flat.

When: September 22-25, 2016, sign up for individual Workshops Series’ session here
Where: Hall A and Hall B Cory Christopher terrariums

Cory Christopher Terrariums
Cory Christopher Terrariums

Be sure to share all your Calgary Home + Design Show fun & finds on social media! Follow along on Twitter and Instagram @homeshowsab and use #CHDS16 on all your pics.

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SEPTEMBER 22-25, 2016.